Book Review: Sneak in a Late Summer Read from the Harry Potter Series

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke


One of life’s most asked questions, I think, is, “Is magic real?”

When children are young, most of us never hesitate to answer that of course it is real. How does Santa Claus get down the chimney without it or fly around the world in one night? That seems to please them for a while longer. But as they grow up, it gets harder to prove to them that there are forms of magic in this world.

J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, winner of so many awards it is nearly impossible to list them all, has been a wonderful stimulant to the imagination of children who have had their imaginations unexercised because of the society we live in today. Our children and grandchildren are becoming a group of people who see the virtual side of everything and thus, their creative juices will stop flowing.

But I have seen it first hand, this spell that Rowling can cast over a child, bringing him back to the days when the unlikely could exist. If you can sit them down and have them read just a couple of chapters, or read to them even, they will be lost to a magical world where nonsense words mean something and bring them a feeling of power. Reading brings them this! As parents and grandparents, why are we not encouraging this?

Then, when the books are away and supper is being prepared, where are the children? Why, they are outside waving sticks around shouting words that mean nothing but give them power. And they see the bright colors that stream out of their wands as they suspend each other in the air and paralyze their enemies. It is truly magic to watch this happen.

So, when a child asks me if magic is real, I smile and tell them, yes it certainly does and I believe in my heart that is true, for I have seen it. You can acquire the incomparable Harry Potter book series here.